Van Gisbergen had to start from the pits, after a fire extinguisher malfunction in his car.
The 79-year-old has been involved in 49 of the 66 NZ Grands Prix.
Liam Lawson will drive for Red Bull's Hitech GP on Formula 2 this year.
The former champion senses his moment has arrived again, with archrival Scott McLaughlin gone.
Young star Lando Norris is self-isolating on holiday in Dubai.
Tightening restrictions is likely to force Formula One to postpone the opening race of the season.
This year's world midget car 50 lapper at Western Springs will have a very different feel to it.
Hamilton became the most successful F1 driver of all time this season with his seventh world championship.
Haas' Nikita Mazepin was filmed touching a woman's breast.